Two thieves who targeted a rural community and stole machinery worth tens of thousands of pounds between them have been jailed.
Michael Brade, 41, of Charnley Road, Blackpool, Garstang, and Jarrad Lee Jacklin, 21, of Mount Avenue, Lancaster, sniggered at each other in the dock and were told off by Judge Christopher Cornwall as they chatted amongst themselves.
They had admitted stealing a Komatsu digger and Ifor Williams trailer, collectively worth £26,500, belonging to Garstang man Peter Cowley back in March this year
Jacklin also admitted driving offences and another similar theft in Garstang on August 7 last year.
Judge Christopher Cornwall, who jailed Jacklin for 31 months and Brade for six months, said: “You had unwisely decided other people’s expensive plant equipment is yours to take.”
“It has to be made plain that plant equipment is not to be stolen at random.”
Karen Brooks, prosecuting, said Mr Cowley, a ground worker and owner of the machinery, had left the digger in his yard on Cockerham Road, Garstang, locked and secure.
She said: “At 6.20am an officer saw a Mitsubishi Shogun coming towards him in the Staining area. It was pulling an Ifor William trailer with the digger on.”
The court heard the vehicle was pulled over on Mythop Road with Jacklin driving and Brade his passenger.
Jacklin also admitted stealing mini digger worth £40,000 from a building site in Catterall, as well as driving while disqualified and without insurance.